Agapito m Spanish, Italian (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Agapitus
, which was derived from the Greek name Ἀγαπητός (Agapetos)
. The name Agapetus was borne by two popes.
Alessandro m Italian
Italian form of Alexander
. A famous bearer was Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), the Italian physicist who invented the battery.
Alex m & f English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Czech, Russian
Short form of Alexander
and other names beginning with Alex
Alfonso m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of a Visigothic Germanic name, probably meaning "noble and ready"
, from the element adal
"noble" combined with funs
"ready". Other theories claim the first element is hadu
), both of which mean "battle". It is possible that two or more names merged into a single form. This was the name of six kings of Portugal and kings of several ancient regions of Spain.
Amedeo m Italian
Italian form of Amadeus
. A notable bearer of this name was Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856), an Italian chemist most famous for the constant that now bears his name: Avogadro's Number. Another famous bearer was the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
Amerigo m Italian
Medieval Italian form of Emmerich
. Amerigo Vespucci (1451-1512) was the Italian explorer who gave the continent of America its name (from Americus
, the Latin form of his name).
Ampelio m Italian
Italian form of Ampelius
, the Latin form of the Greek name Ἀμπέλιος (Ampelios)
, which was derived from ἄμπελος (ampelos)
. Saint Ampelius was a 7th-century bishop of Milan.
Andrea 1 m Italian
Italian form of Andreas
). A notable bearer of this name was Andrea Verrocchio, a Renaissance sculptor who taught Leonardo da Vinci and Perugino.
Antonino m Italian
Italian form of the Roman name Antoninus
, which was derived from Antonius
). There were several early saints named Antoninus, including the patron saint of Sorrento. This was also the name of a 2nd-century Roman emperor.
Antonio m Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish and Italian form of Antonius
). This has been a common name in Italy since the 14th century. In Spain it was the most popular name for boys in the 1950s and 60s.... [more]
Attilio m Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Atilius
, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. Marcus Atilius Regulus was a Roman consul and hero of the First Punic War.
Benigno m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Benignus
, which meant "kind, friendly"
. This was the name of several saints including a 5th-century disciple of Saint Patrick
who later became the chief Bishop of Ireland.
Benito m Spanish, Italian
Spanish form of Benedict
. This name was borne by Mexican president Benito Juárez, and also by Benito Mussolini (who was named after Juárez), the fascist dictator of Italy during World War II.
Benvenuto m Italian
in Italian. A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).
Bonaventura m Italian, Catalan
Means "good fortune"
in Italian. Saint Bonaventura was a 13th-century Franciscan monk who is considered a Doctor of the Church.
Bruno m German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Latvian, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection"
or brun "brown"
. Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged to Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.
Calogero m Italian
From the Late Latin name Calogerus
meaning "beautiful elder"
, from Greek καλός (kalos)
meaning "beautiful" and γέρων (geron)
meaning "old man, elder". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a hermit of Sicily.
Cosimo m Italian
Italian form of Cosmas
. A famous bearer was Cosimo de' Medici, the 15th-century founder of Medici rule in Florence, who was a patron of the Renaissance and a successful merchant. Other members of the Medici family have also borne this name.
Cosmo m Italian, English
Italian variant of Cosimo
. It was introduced to Britain in the 18th century by the second Scottish Duke of Gordon, who named his son and successor after his friend Cosimo III de' Medici.
Dante m Italian
Medieval short form of Durante
. The most notable bearer of this name was Dante Alighieri, the 13th-century Italian poet who wrote the Divine Comedy
Domenico m Italian
Italian form of Dominic
. Domenico Veneziano was a Renaissance painter who lived in Florence.
Donatello m Italian
Diminutive of Donato
. The Renaissance sculptor Donato di Niccolo di Bette Bardi was better known as Donatello.
Donato m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the Late Latin name Donatus
. Several early saints had this name. The name was also borne by two Renaissance masters: the sculptor Donato di Niccolo di Bette Bardi (also known as Donatello), and the architect Donato Bramante.
Duilio m Italian, Spanish
From the Roman name Duilius
, which is possibly derived from Latin duellum "war"
. This was the name of a Roman consul who defeated the Carthaginians in a naval battle.
Durante m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Durans
, which meant "enduring"
Efisio m Italian
From the Latin byname Ephesius
, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus in Ionia. This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century.
Elmo m Italian, English
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element helm
meaning "helmet, protection"
. It is also a derivative of Erasmus
, via the old Italian diminutive Ermo
. Saint Elmo, also known as Saint Erasmus, was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron of sailors. Saint Elmo's fire is said to be a sign of his protection.
Emidio m Italian
From the Late Latin name Emygdius
, which was possibly a Latinized form of a Gaulish name (of unknown meaning). Saint Emygdius was a 3rd-century bishop and martyr, the patron saint against earthquakes.
Emiliano m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of the Roman cognomen Aemilianus
, which was itself derived from the family name Aemilius
). This was the name of a 6th-century Spanish saint.
Ennio m Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Ennius
, which is of unknown meaning. Quintus Ennius was an early Roman poet.
Enrico m Italian
Italian form of Heinrich
). Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was an Italian physicist who did work on the development of the nuclear bomb.
Enzo m Italian
The meaning of this name is uncertain. In some cases it seems to be an old Italian form of Heinz
, though in other cases it could be a variant of the Germanic name Anzo
. In modern times it is also used as a short form of names ending in enzo
, such as Vincenzo
Epifanio m Spanish, Italian
From the Latin name Epiphanius
, which was from the Greek name Ἐπιφάνιος (Epiphanios)
, itself derived from the Greek word ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia)
meaning "appearance, manifestation"
. This name was borne by a few early saints. It is associated with the event known in English as the Epiphany (Spanish Epifanía
, Italian Epifania
, Latin Epiphania
), the coming of the three Magi to visit the infant Jesus
Ermete m Italian
Derived from Hermetis
, the Latin genitive form of Hermes
, the name of the Greek messenger god.
Eustorgio m Italian (Rare)
, the Latin form of the Greek name Εὐστόργιος (Eustorgios)
, which was from the word εὔστοργος (eustorgos)
, a derivative of εὖ (eu)
meaning "good" and στέργω (stergo)
meaning "to love, to be content". Saint Eustorgius was a 6th-century bishop of Milan.
Faustino m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of the Roman cognomen Faustinus
, which was itself derived from the Roman name Faustus
. Faustinus was the name of several early saints.
Federico m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of Frederick
. Spanish poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993) are famous bearers of this name.
Feliciano m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of the Roman name Felicianus
, which was itself derived from the Roman name Felix
. It was borne by a number of early saints, including a 3rd-century bishop of Foligno.
Ferruccio m Italian
Derived from the Late Latin name Ferrutius
, a derivative of ferrum
meaning "iron, sword"
. Saint Ferrutius was a 3rd-century martyr with his brother Ferreolus.
Fiore f & m Italian
in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names Flora
Fortunato m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Fortunatus
meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy"
. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
Francesco m Italian
Italian form of Franciscus
). Francesco Laurana was an Italian Renaissance sculptor.
Frediano m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of the Roman name Frigidianus
, which was derived from Latin frigidus "cold"
. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish bishop who made a pilgrimage to Rome and settled as a hermit on Mount Pisano.
Fulvio m Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Fulvius
, which was derived from Latin fulvus "yellow, tawny"
Gaetano m Italian
Italian form of the Latin name Caietanus
, which meant "from Caieta"
. Caieta (now called Gaeta) was a town in ancient Italy, its name deriving either from Kaiadas
, the name a Greek location where prisoners were executed, or else from Caieta
, the name of the nurse of Aeneas. Saint Gaetano was a 16th-century Italian priest who founded the Theatines.
Gavino m Italian
From the Late Latin name Gabinus
, which possibly referred to the ancient city of Gabii in central Italy. Saint Gavino was martyred in Sardinia in the 3rd century.
Gino m Italian
Italian short form of names ending in gino
Gioachino m Italian
Italian form of Joachim
. A famous bearer was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).
Giotto m Italian (Rare)
Possibly from Ambrogiotto
, a diminutive of Ambrogio
, or Angiolotto
, a diminutive of Angiolo
. This name was borne by Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), an Italian painter and architect.
Giovanni m Italian
Italian form of Iohannes
). This name has been very common in Italy since the late Middle Ages, as with other equivalents of John
in Europe. The Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) and the painter and sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) were two famous bearers of the name.
Giuseppe m Italian
Italian form of Joseph
. Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was a military leader who united Italy in the 19th century.